Manenberg Police Station’s senior management, including sector managers, took to the streets of Manenberg on 17 January, saturating sector 1 with high-density foot patrols. Manenberg Police Station commander, Brigadier Enolium Joseph, and Colonel Sanele Zama, head of visible policing in the precinct took the officers out of their normal working environment to increase police visibility. Police addressed residents as they went about their normal day’s work.Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennet says their biggest concern is the number of children out of school. “His (Joseph) concern is that this is where the gangs’ breeding ground starts. The young people had various issues surrounding school from late registration to no uniforms, or not being interested. “This is sad, as children cannot and will not aspire to be great people of this nation of ours. We as a community need to develop a sense of pride, taking back our streets, our homes and ultimately our communities,” said Bennett.He added that Joseph had committed himself to try and deal with underlying issues in the surrounding communities.“Education is a gateway to a better and prosperous future, but if we cannot get our children to believe in themselves as a starting point and believe that they are destined for greatness through hard work ... “Brigadier Joseph wants to encourage the parents to ensure that their children are registered at a school; to work with the Department of Education so that their children can and must receive a chance in life to make a success, contributing to the safety of the community of Manenberg.” V Anyone with information can contact Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.